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New Cold Information Bulletin, Vol 1 #11, Dec 6, 2016


The New Safe Confinement (NSC) structure covers the old sarcophagus surrounding the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine. (Gleb Garanich, Reuters)

The New Safe Confinement (NSC) structure covers the old sarcophagus surrounding the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine. (Gleb Garanich, Reuters)

Giant arch slides over Chernobyl site to block radiation for a century, Reuters, Nov 29, 2016  (and see: Chernobyl’s ‘New Safe Confinement’, Wikipedia)

Radical Party bids to make Ukraine a nuclear weapons power,, Dec 6, 2016



As Canada prepares to send troops to Latvia, not everybody in the country is ready to welcome them, by Dylan C. Robertson, special to National Post, Dec 1, 2016  [This article provides interesting insight into the country Latvia, notwithstanding the writer’s repetition of familiar anti-Russia prejudices, . It is one of four countries in eastern Europe targetted by NATO with placement of four “combat brigades” along the Russia border in eastern Europe. Canada has stepped forward to coordinate the NATO occupation brigade in  Latvia, beginning in 2018.]

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
U.S. withdraws Aleppo proposals, planned Russia-U.S. consultations on Dec 7 cancelled,, Dec 6, 2016

Turkey jails 45 pro-Kurdish mayors, seizes 35 municipalities to date, Turkish Minute, Dec 6, 2016

The Turkish government has arrested a total of 45 co-mayors from the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) in the past couple of weeks and has seized the administration of 35 municipalities, replacing 38 Kurdish mayors in eastern Turkey.

Unity for Democracy Initiative to launch nationwide campaign for end of Turkey’s state of emergency, Turkish Minute, Dec 6, 2016

The Unity for Democracy Initiative, which was established by a group of Turkish intellectuals, has decided to launch a nationwide campaign to ask for the termination of the state of emergency or OHAL, which was declared in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15…

Amnesty International: 500,000 Kurds displaced in Turkey’s Southeast due to curfews, crackdown, [see the report as posted to New Cold]

Journalists in Turkey’s State of Emergency, report #31, by Platform for Independent Journalism (P24), Dec 5, 2016

146 journalists behind bars and one TV presenter missing after alleged police detention

Moscow slams West for silence on bombing of Russian-operated hospital in Aleppo,, Dec 5, 2016

United States:
James Mattis is a war criminal: I experienced his attack on Fallujah firsthand
, by Dahr Jamail,, Dec 6, 2016  [Retired Marine Corps General James Mattis is epxected to be nominated by Donald Trump as secretary of defense]

Donald Trump’s threat to the Constitution, by Evan McMullin, op-ed published in The New York Times, Dec 5, 2016  [Evan McMullin is a member of the Republican Party and ran for president of the United States. He received app. 600,000 votes, including 21.5% of the vote in Utah.]

‘We cannot allow Mr. Trump to normalize the idea that he is the ultimate arbiter of our rights. Those who can will need to speak out boldly and suffer possible retaliation.’

First Republican ‘faithless elector’ announces intent to vote against Trump, by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, Dec 6, 2016

A Republican presidential elector has become the first to announce that he intends to defect from Donald Trump when he casts his vote as part of the electoral college, vowing to try and block the president-elect from reaching the White House. Writing in the New York Times, Christopher Suprun has declared that he will break ranks with his fellow Republican electors in Texas and cast his vote for a GOP candidate whom he deems to be more fit for highest office…

Recount battles: Michigan hand recount ordered; Stein sues in Pennsylvania,, Dec 5, 2016

Walter Scott fatal police shooting case declared mistrial by South Carolina judge, Associated Press, Dec 5, 2016

The Mafia State, by Chris Hedges, published in his weekly column on Truthdig, Dec 4, 2016

Looking back at the 1971 Attica prison uprising and the ‘poisoning’ of the U.S. penal system, episode of the weekly ‘On Contact’ program on RT America, Dec 4, 2016, with host Chris Hedges and guest Heather Ann Thompson, author of the newly published Blood In The Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

‘Professor Watchlist’ is seen as threat to academic freedom, by Christopher Melenov, New York Times, Nov 28, 2016

I am a dangerous professor, op-ed by George Yancy addressing ‘Professor Watchlist’, published in the New York Times, Nov 30, 2016

China fires back at Donald Trump over Taiwan in harsh editorial,, Dec 6, 2016

Angela Merkel, seeking re-election, calls for burqa ban in speech to CDU party conference, TIME Magazine, Dec 6, 2016

Angela Merkel calls for burqa ban ‘wherever legally possible’ in Germany, by Lizzie Dearden, The Independent, Dec 6, 2016 [and watch video at weblilnk showing huge ovation by CDU congress delegates in response to Merkel’s announcement]

Deconstructing another right-wing election victory in Haiti, by Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté (print weekly, in Kreyol, French and English), Nov 30, 2016

Global warming:
An open letter from scientists to President-Elect Trump on climate change
, by Michael D. Lemonick, Scientific American, Dec 6, 2016

More than 800 earth scientists and energy experts (and counting) urge the incoming President to take six crucial steps

Trump, ex-Vice President Gore meet to discuss climate policy, Reuters, Dec 5, 2016

Science and the public interest: An open letter to President-Elect Trump and the 115th Congress, issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Nov 30, 2016

Cuba archive on New Cold
There is an ever-growing archive of articles on New Cold analyzing Cuba’s past, present and future. The archive includes extensive coverage of the passing of Fidel Castro on November 25, 2016. Go to the ‘Cuba’ category page on the main website page.

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